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Overview of Shih Tzu



Shih Tzu dog breed is Pure breed Very Small in size. Fur of Shih Tzu is typical fine, straight, and silky . Basic origin of Shih Tzu is China. Shih Tzu is Good With Children and Good With Other Animals and Hypoallergenic and Low Shedding Dogs, Shih Tzu is commonly Lively, Outgoing, Playful, Alert, Gentle, Loyal. Shih Tzu's temperament varies from dog to dog, the breed has a personality and temperament that is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert. Training and proper socializing must start at a young age for the Shih Tzu to obey basic commands. While the Shih Tzu is an excellent watch dog because of its alert and active nature, it was not specifically bred for this purpose. Unlike the Lhasa Apso, which was bred to be a sentinel dog that enjoys high perches and is wary of strangers, the Shih Tzu prefers to be close to its companions and will often offer strangers its affection. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. Shih Tzu dogs have been observed to get peevish if provoked, so an owner should be mindful when the dog is in the presence of children.
Shih Tzu is available in Gold, Dark and Light Brown, White, Black, Black and White, Grey, Brindle red, Blue Colors.

Height and weight of Shih Tzu

Adult Male of Shih Tzu is about 4–7.25 kilograms (8.8–16.0 lb) and adult female of Shih Tzu is about 4–7.25 kilograms (8.8–16.0 lb) in Weight.
Height of Shih Tzu is commonly 20–28 centimetres (7.9–11.0 in).

Common Health Issues of Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu has tendency to suffer from Hypothyroidism, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Breathing problems. Average Life Span of Shih Tzu is 10–16 years  

Appearance of Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a small, sturdy little dog with a short muzzle and large dark eyes. With a soft and long double coat, it stands no more than 26.7 cm (10 in.) at the withers and with an ideal weight of 4.5 to 7.3 kg (10 to 16 lbs). Drop ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back. The coat may be of any color, though white and with blazes of grey are frequently seen. The Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall, and bigger dogs ideally should carry themselves 'with distinctly arrogant carriage'. A very noticeable feature is the under-bite, which is required in the breed standard.

Working Class of Shih Tzu

Basically Shih Tzu is Toy dog but is also used as Companion dog.

Training of Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu is easy to train.  It learns basic commands such as sit, stay, come easily. Behavior training is also very important for your Shih Tzu.  Behavior training prevents and or corrects bad habits of your puppy or dog. Behavior and basic commands training for your Shih Tzu should must on these lines. Do not get impatient. You will probably have to repeat the command many times. Never use negative reinforcement. Do not call your dog to come to you for punishment because this will teach your dog not to come on command. Be sure to keep any frustration out of the tone of your voice. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated, take a break. Your dog can sense this and will start to associate training with your unhappiness. You cannot hide your frustration from a dog. You cannot pretend. Dogs can feel human emotion, so stay relaxed, firm and confident.

Exercise and Fitness of Shih Tzu

Daily exercise for your Shih Tzu is important, dogs are living with human since thousands of years, wild dogs have challenges to survive so they work daily to find food, save food and themselves from other animals but companion dogs have nothing to do, they have ready food and couch to sit, which may affect their health, habits and activity.
Your Shih Tzu is recommended Fetching,Walking regular according to its breed specific exercise requirements.

Behavior of Shih Tzu with children and other pets

Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults.

Special instructions related to your Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu coat is said to fall out only when brushed or broken, or just said to not shed at all.

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